Hedge fund turmoil forces Mayfair rents down

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EDA cancels rescheduled convention

first_imgDue to the situation generated by Covid-19 and its consequences in Europe and around the world, the European Demolition Association (EDA) board of directors has decided to cancel this year’s annual event, which had been rescheduled to take place in Paris, France, in September.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The association said the safety of attendees and sponsors is paramount.Despite having moved the date from June, the association sincerely believes that cancellation is the best and most sensible thing to do given the current circumstances.Regardless of the cancellation, the EDA General Assembly will be held this year on June 24, via video conference.The 2021 convention will now take place in Serbia, Belgrade, the original scheduled venue for the 2020 event.The dates are from June 10 to 12.last_img read more

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Insurance

first_img Paul Nicholls QC (instructed by Kingsley Napley LLP) for the claimant; James Eadie QC and Martin Chamberlain (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the secretary of state; Charles Bear QC and James McClelland (instructed by DAC Beachcroft) for the first interested party (Association of British Insurers); Colin Wynter QC for the second interested party (Unite); Ben Hooper (instructed by the Law Society) for the third interested party (Law Society). Claimant challenging defendant secretary of state’s decision to ban referral fees – secretary of state contending no process of consultation adopted Under the provisions of sections 56-60 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), the payment and receipt of referral fees in personal injury cases would be banned from April 2013 as part of the government’s reform on ‘no-win no-fee’ conditional fee agreements. One of the effects of the provisions of LASPO was to reduce the fixed costs for small-value personal injuries claims. The reforms had been made clear in advance to relevant groups, however there had still been some discussions concerning the amount of the reduction to fixed costs. In February 2012, the prime minister met with representatives from the insurance industry, following which, communications were sent between the government and the insurance industry. Subsequently, the provisions and effects of LASPO were made public. The claimant challenged, by way of judicial review, the secretary of state’s decision to implement the reforms. The claimant submitted that the secretary of state had, by engaging in meetings and communications with members of the insurance industry, undertaken a process of consultation, and that that consultation exercise had been flawed by, inter alia, the non-inclusion of other relevant stakeholders including the claimant and the interested parties. The claim would be dismissed. On a proper analysis of the events, including the relevant meetings and communications, it had been clear that the process adopted had not been one of consultation. The discussions carried out by the government and other parties, in particular the members of the insurance industry, had been no more than negotiating what the reduction in fixed costs would be. The government had already made its decision that there would be a ban on referral fees and there had been no doubt about its position in that regard. Had the government entered into a formal consultation policy, then it would have been obliged to ensure a proper consultation exercise had been carried out. However, it could not be inferred that a consultation exercise had been carried out merely from the fact that the government had had discussions with an interested party. The lack of a consultation exercise had meant that the government had been able to talk to an interested party free from having to enter discussions simultaneously with other stakeholders. Accordingly, as there had been no consultation process, the claim that the secretary of state had failed to properly consult would be dismissed.center_img R (on the application of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) v Secretary of State for Justice: Queen’s Bench Division, Administrative Court (London): 1 March 2013last_img read more

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Campbell snares first title in Japan

first_imgKOBE – Australia’s Nikki Campbell captured her first title on the Japan LPGA tour Sunday, shooting a bogey-free 4-under-par 68 in the final round of the Suntory Ladies Open.The 25-year-old Campbell made four birdies and no bogeys for a four-round total of 11-under 277, for a three-shot victory over Akiko Fukushima and South Korea’s Lee Ji Hee at Rokko Kokusai Golf Club. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Campbell birdied the par-3 sixth hole and picked up three more strokes on the back nine. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

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How ID card identifies is a mystery

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsYou are identified as who you say you are because, of course, you don’t need ID in order to obtain this ID. All you need is “proof” that you live in the city. This can be established, proponents say, with a utility bill. This makes one wonder how they got utilities in their names in the first place. But let’s not go down that rabbit hole. The kicker is the glaring absence of gender identification – long one of the major clues to identity. However, with our freedom to be who and whatever we say we are, gender has to go. It is no more a permanent marker than hair color or weight. The thought behind leaving out gender was to avoid awkward situations for transgender people. You can easily understand how someone presenting themselves to the world as Ralph might not want to show ID while cashing a check that identifies him as a her, or her as him – as the case may be and as the case may change. Let’s skip a full analysis of the burning question of why the birth year is on the ID. Showing a birth year could well be a source of embarrassment in our ageist society. If they are trying to prevent ID leading to embarrassment, they must get rid of it. Other than weight, and the promise to respect you in the morning, nothing is less likely to be true. So, the great and burning question is just what this ID actually identifies? Frankly, I don’t know. The outrage, if one needs outrage, is why San Francisco is taking up presumably valuable time and money to create a card, a program and a bureaucracy that accomplishes nothing? Does this card, in any meaningful way, move the ball of liberty down the field? This seems to me to be about as valuable as a photo ID of a woman in a burka. Jonathan Dobrer, a professor of comparative religion at the American Jewish University in Bel-Air, blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to him by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UNSURPRISINGLY San Francisco is issuing official ID cards to anyone who lives there – legal, illegal or of uncertain status. These cards will not reference the individual’s place of birth, citizenship, legal status or (are you ready?) gender. The card will indicate a name, a birth date and it will have a photo. With this card the bearer will be able to open a bank account, get a library card and obtain municipal services. Presumably these would include Muni bus passes and BART cards, health, welfare and educational services. It is not clear if these cards would also serve to indemnify employers who hire workers so identified. Also unsurprisingly, this card is raising a lot of ire amongst people concerned about illegal immigration. My major concern, however, is that San Francisco makes the job of any satirist nearly impossible. This actual program, passed by the Board of Supervisors, is difficult to caricature. What does ID mean if basically nothing is identified? last_img read more

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